Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Screening From Today

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

Each season of The Crown will explore the political rivalries and personal intrigues across a decade of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, exploring the delicate balance between her private world and public life. The complete first season is available on Netflix from 4th November.

Season one begins with a 25-year-old Princess faced with the daunting prospect of leading the most famous monarchy in the world while forging a relationship with the domineering, war-hardened Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In 1947 Britain is still reeling from the devastation of the Second World War. Streets and buildings are yet to be rebuilt following the air raid campaigns that destroyed many cities throughout the United Kingdom. Basic food supplies are still being rationed and the government’s coffers are running precariously low. But against this backdrop the nation is momentarily mesmerised by the nuptials of the beautiful young princess Elizabeth to the dashing Philip Mountbatten.

Thus begins the story of The Crown, the Netflix original series, which tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

Creator Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost Nixon) reunites with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and executive producer Andy Harries (The Queen), with whom they worked on the Tony award-winning play The Audience. Alongside Executive Producer Suzanne Mackie (Calendar Girls, Mad Dogs), The Crown takes the story of Queen Elizabeth II further than The Audience, delving deeper into the public vs private personas of these well-known historical figures.

Netflix made a two season investment in The Crown, allowing Morgan and his team creative freedom to tell the story of the world’s most famous family with the scale and elegance it deserves.

The show stars Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) as Queen Elizabeth, Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as the Duke of Edinburgh, Vanessa Kirby (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Princess Margaret, and John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Rounding out the impressive cast are Jared Harris (Mad Men) as King George VI, Victoria Hamilton (Victoria & Albert) as The Queen Mother, Dame Eileen Atkins (Mansfield Park) as Queen Mary, and Alex Jennings (The Queen) as David Windsor, who abandoned his throne as Edward VIII to follow his heart and marry Wallis Simpson (Lia Williams).

A YOUNG QUEEN

Princess Elizabeth fully expects to have many years of married bliss before ascending to the throne; time for her husband’s burgeoning career in the Navy to flourish and to raise a family in splendid isolation in Malta. But her simple life is cut short when her father, King George VI, dies unexpectedly, and at the age of 25, she inherits the Crown, and the unimaginable burden it brings.
“The Crown brings with it a set of responsibilities and fundamentally realigns the power structure in a way that can only be challenging,” says Peter Morgan. Suddenly, Elizabeth is no longer just a wife, a sister, or a daughter. She is the Queen, the head of the family, the head of state, the head of the Church of England, and the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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